Friday, September 17th, 2010...4:05 pm
Hurricane Karl hits Mexican coast
Hurricane Karl made landfall on the Mexican coast ten miles north of Veracruz at 1 p.m. today as a Category three hurricane with 115 mph winds.
As of 4 p.m. today, Karl had sustained winds of 90 mph, making it a Category 1 storm.
However, it was still strong enough to pack a punch. According to CNN, 3,000 families have so far reported damage to their homes, and that number is expected to go up sharply.
In Veracruz, waves as high as 16 feet slammed into the coast as the storm hit. Widespread tree damage, downed power lines and traffic signals, and widespread flooding have been reported.
Karl has already forced Mexico’s Pemex oil to halt production at 14 offshore wells and evacuate staff.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Igor now in the east has weakened slightly, but remains a major storm.
The US-based hurricane centre has warned that Igor, which is pushing sustained speeds of 125 miles per hour is threatening to pass directly over Bermuda on Sunday.
Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and The Bahamas are also likely to feel the effects of storm swells with the US East Coast expected to be affected by the weekend.